HELP! put crib away, wont nap in bed!!!!!

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Registered: 09-07-2005
HELP! put crib away, wont nap in bed!!!!!
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Thu, 01-13-2011 - 3:02pm

She has sleep issues as it is, waking in the night, we r working on this with a doctor ect. But physically she is outgrown the crib!

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Registered: 05-12-2005
Thu, 01-13-2011 - 3:11pm
I wish I had a good suggestion! Logan is 4 and still naps. Periodically Logan would not nap though, I would tell him that he still had to rest in bed. I would hand him books and maybe a few quiet activities and tell him I would come get him when quiet time was over. He would normally fall asleep after awhile anyways.
 

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Registered: 09-07-2005
Thu, 01-13-2011 - 4:10pm

that would be what i would say to somebody in my shoes as well....but she is definatly not the norm....lol, thank you though for trying:)

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Registered: 08-06-2007
Sat, 02-05-2011 - 1:08pm

My daughter hasn't napped in probably 6 months and she isn't 3 yet. She has a little brother who still needs to nap in the early/mid afternoon.

Suggestions-does she have her own room to have quiet time?

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Registered: 05-24-1999
Sat, 02-05-2011 - 9:15pm

My daughter had night terrors when she was 2-4, they were they worst. We finally found that playing with water in the sink was the trick to calming her (different with each kid I'm sure). I normally would say for your dd at nap time put her in her bed for quiet time, but you said that won't work for her. I am really really against tvs in kids rooms. However, if your sanity is at stake, is it possible to put her in her room with a dvd on a tv, something not too stimulating (I'm thinking Caillou, Clifford, or some other pretty low key preschool show, not SpongeBob or even Sesame Street). The hope is that she would fall asleep so stay away from just turning it on to a tv channel b/c the commericals would be too stimulating. If you could keep it to the same dvd every day that would be even better she would be more likely to fall asleep. Maybe you could even tell her she has to stay on her bed laying down or you will turn off the tv.

The other idea I had was to drive around in the car until she falls asleep, but with 2 other little ones, that can be challenging and wasn't sure if you had a garage attached to your house. When my dd wouldn't take a nap I would wait until she was really sleepy then drive around until she fell asleep. Depending on the time of year, I would either leaving her in the garage with the car door open and the door to the garage open or just sit in the car with a book and read.

The last idea I had was a bed tent that fits over a twin size bed, maybe it would give her more the feeling of being in a crib, although she could still unzip it and get out. Here's what I'm talking about. http://www.amazon.com/Pacific-Play-Tents-Secret-Castle/dp/B00009IMAN/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1296958287&sr=8-1

Good luck, It might take some pretty creative trial and error to find a good solution, hang in there.

Cathie, mom to Audrey & Emily 12 yrs, Libby 2 yrs
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Mon, 02-07-2011 - 8:30am

A note about the tent-my daughter likes that too (I forgot to mention that she has one in her room).

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Registered: 04-11-2004
Mon, 02-14-2011 - 11:33am
All will work out I have a two year old that is going through this no crib regular twin bed wakes 2/3 times still at night so I need a nap too LOL but we started putting a baby gate on his door and allow him to play with a select few FEW toys and a FEW books and its working at least he has quiet time for 45 min or so to give me a break and can see and hear all that is going on ...good luck